Movies like Portraits of a Killer

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Portraits of a Killer (1996)
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Portraits of a Killer (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An attorney takes the lawyer/client relationship too seriously. She ends up falling for her client, a very charming photographer who has been charged with a multiple murder. She wants to believe he is innocent but she cannot deny her suspicions.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, crimes, serial killer, strong sexual content, investigation, courtroom, legal investigation, graphic violence, fall in love, legal, danger, couples, who done it, dishonesty, dangerous attraction, law enforcement, deadly, police detective, woman in danger, dedicated lawyer, power relations, profanity, nudity (full frontal - brief), courtroom drama, prostitute ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: canada

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Most similar movies to Portraits of a Killer

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, realistic and rough films with plots about deadly, crimes, murder, law enforcement, dishonesty, danger and crime mostly in Thriller, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like Portraits of a Killer: Mistrial (1996), Twist of Fate (1998), To Protect and Serve (1992), Facade (1999), A Twist of Faith (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 662
Mistrial (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When a cop-killer goes free, a detective's search for personal justice veers dangerously out of control. Declaring a mistrial, he takes the accused, the judge and the jury hostage...and begins a trial of his own.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, realistic, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, hostage, injustice, false accusation, hotshot lawyer, law enforcement, legal investigation, crimes, murder, rivalry, confined ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: rome italy
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95%
 5.3
 327
Twist of Fate (1998)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A beautiful attorney's hunt for a serial killer is frustrated by his accomplice's twisted scheme to keep the killer free at all costs
Style: psychological, rough, twists and turns, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Plot: serial killer, danger, rivalry, criminal heroes, dedicated lawyer, deadly, courtroom drama, destiny, dangerous attraction, woman in danger, legal investigation, special agents ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
To Protect and Serve (1992)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A rookie cop becomes the chief suspect in the killing of some of his crooked cohorts.
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), deadly, law enforcement, serial killer, life is a bitch, crime, danger, escapades, crimes, investigation, good versus evil, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 4.4
 235
Facade (1999)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: It should have been a simple murder. But a botched job, an old flame, and too many loose ends can spell just one thing for businessman Colin Wentworth: chaos!
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious
Plot: murder, hitman, vengeance, crimes, crime, dark humor, rivalry, danger, dishonesty, deadly, nudity (full frontal - brief), hotel ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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A Twist of Faith (1999)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Vancouver Police Detective Henry Smith is one of those investigating the murder of Roman Catholic Father Martin, who was crucified in his own church.
Style: suspenseful, rough, mind bending, scary, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, church, murder, reluctant partners, crimes, mystery, crime, police investigation, deadly, danger, police detective, religions or cults ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
Pretty When You Cry (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A wife is caught in a web of sex and violence.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, erotic, sexy ...
Plot: murder, investigation, femme fatale, woman in danger, deadly, law enforcement, mind game, couples, obsession, dangerous attraction, betrayal, mystery ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
When Justice Fails (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A detective (Jeff Fahey) investigating the murders of two sex offenders gets involved with a beautiful district attorney (Marlee Matlin) who becomes a main suspect.
Style: sexual, suspenseful, sexy, realistic, serious
Plot: murder, romance, mystery, danger, dishonesty, investigation, police detective, couples, obsession, fall in love, dangerous attraction, track down ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 4.2
 357
Fatal Instinct (1992)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A homicide detective (Michael Madsen) falls for a resort owner (Laura Johnson) suspected of slaying a playboy developer.
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, sexual, serious, realistic ...
Plot: strong sexual content, crimes, dishonesty, crime, dangerous attraction, femme fatale, obsession, deadly, sexual relations, murder, law enforcement, fall in love ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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Woman of Desire (1994)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A yacht captain, Jack Lynch, is accused of murdering his boss and raping the victim's wife, Christina Ford. Nothing is how it first appears. Jack seeks the help of veteran attorney Walter J. Hill to help prove his innocence.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, erotic, tense ...
Plot: murder, dangerous attraction, femme fatale, courtroom drama, twins, false accusation, frame up, investigation, dishonesty, legal investigation, who done it, resort ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
The Witness Files (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A former actress, unjustly sent to prison eight years earlier, is forced to testify against a mafia hit man.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: witnessing a crime, mystery, danger, crime, deadly, on the run, police detective, couple relations, woman in danger, cons and scams, false accusation, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 5.0
 437
Slow Burn (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The murder of the ex-wife of Doctor Sam Charney (Rutger Hauer) leads Detective Della Wilder (Pam Grier) to uncover a series of women's murders somehow linked to a big pharmaceutical company.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, heroes, psychopath, reluctant partners, who done it, crimes, police investigation, law enforcement, female detective, partners, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.2
 2K
Rampage (1987)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Rampage delves into the subject of legal insanity, so often the default defense in modern-time gruesome crime trials. Alex McArthur plays an outwardly normal guy who goes on incredible killing and mutilating sprees until (and even after, when he ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: courtroom, capital punishment, death sentence, courtroom drama, shot to death, law enforcement, chase, legal investigation, dedicated lawyer, police investigation, legal, mind game ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Body of Evidence (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sizzingly sexy Madonna leads a star-filled cast in this erotic thriller as a woman accused of killing a wealthy, elderly man through her insatiable sexual prowess.
Style: erotic, rough, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: murder, courtroom drama, crime, infidelity, seduction, femme fatale, dedicated lawyer, crimes, manipulation, dishonesty, manipulations, legal investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Hunt for the I-5 Killer (2011)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: “Hunt for the I-5 Killer” is a dramatization based on the haunting true story of the yearlong manhunt for a killer suspected of murdering 14 victims and committing numerous sexual assaults up and down the I-5 highway corridor through California, ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Plot: serial killer, manhunt, police detective, crimes, law enforcement, deadly, sexual abuse, murder, chases and races, who done it, forced to strip, girl in bra and panties ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, oregon, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Without Evidence (1995)
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: It is based on the true story of Michael Francke, who was the Head of Corrections for the state of Oregon before being murdered. Just before his murder, Francke visits his brother and informs him of a drug ring involving his prison colleagues. When ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: murder, uncover truth, investigation, deadly, police investigation, courtroom, who done it, dedicated lawyer, political conspiracy, dishonesty, computers and web, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: oregon, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 4.9
 695
Night Game (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A police detective tracks a serial killer who is stalking young women on a beach front after each game that a baseball pitcher wins
Style: rough, offbeat, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, nudity (full frontal - brief), police detective, psychopath, murder, baseball, police investigation, deadly, stalking, danger, crime, who done it ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Double Jeopardy (1992)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Jack Hart lives with his lawyer wife and yound daughter and enjoys a wonderful life. Jack's old girlfriend, Lisa, comes into town and they have an affair. Lisa kills her current boyfriend in self-defense and Jack witnesses the whole thing. Lisa ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, psychological
Plot: femme fatale, murder, investigation, betrayal, manipulation, manipulations, love and romance, legal investigation, dishonesty, dedicated lawyer, protagonist as suspect, legal ...
Time: 90s
Place: utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 4.8
 207
Dead Cold (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When a carjacking leaves L.A. screenwriter Eric recovering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, wife Alicia nurses him back to health. Four months later, the two depart for a second honeymoon in an idyllic setting in the mountains. They are snuggly ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, psychological, realistic, serious ...
Plot: danger, crimes, deadly, life turned upside down, mountain, graphic violence, profanity, isolation, couple relations, boxer shorts, murder, snow ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Lured Innocence (2000)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A reporter sent to cover a murder trial discovers a web of deceit stemming from a torrid affair.
Style: suspenseful, serious, psychological, realistic, tense ...
Plot: crimes, small town life, infidelity, obsession, who done it, deadly, investigation, family problems, couples, crime, couple relations, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 5.2
 694
Dead Awake (2001)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An insomniac (Stephen Baldwin) who walks the streets at night witnesses a murder which triggers a strange chain of events.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, captivating
Plot: murder, insomnia, psychopath, protagonist as suspect, mystery, amateur detective, investigation, mind game, uncover truth, law enforcement, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Flirting with Danger (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A lawyer begins a sordid fling with an attractive young woman whom he slowly begins to suspect to be a serial killer of men.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, dangerous attraction, femme fatale, investigation, crimes, deadly, fall in love, psychopath, police, bra, lawyer, sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 5.5
 351
Perfect Prey (1998)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A former Texas Ranger is recruited by a Houston police captain to assist a homicide detective in the search for an elusive serial killer who collects antique dolls.
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious
Plot: serial killer, psychologist, texas ranger, crime, deadly, mystery, kidnapping, woman in danger, obsession, murder, danger, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 5.0
 282
Unveiled (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Using the natural beauty and mystique of Marrakech, Morocco as a backdrop, Stephanie uses herself as bait to discover the sadistic murderer of her childhood friend. C.I.A. agents Peter Masters and Jeremy Avery lead her on an erotic and intriguing ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: serial killer, bait, intrigue, law enforcement, crimes, special agents, danger, dishonesty, rivalry, buddies, deadly, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: morocco, africa, malibu california
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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 5.2
 217
Probable Cause (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A series of cop murders plagues the city. The remaining officers on the force are increasingly worried as the deaths increase with no leads. As the department's finest must solve the case before the killer strikes again.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, surprise ending
Plot: sexual harassment, serial killer, crimes, deadly, investigation, law enforcement, rivalry, crime, dishonesty, murder, police detective, internal affairs ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
A Show of Force (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In this thriller, television reporter Kate Ryan de Meléndez investigates the death of two radical Puerto Rican activists, whom she begins to believe may have been framed and murdered by undercover American agents.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: murder, investigation, mystery, undercover, police corruption, crimes, media, amateur detective, legal, law enforcement, journalism, political conspiracy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: puerto rico
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Illegal in Blue (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A cop taking personal leave after he witnesses money stolen from the police property room becomes involved with a beautiful singer who may have killed her husband.
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dangerous attraction, police corruption, who done it, uncover truth, fall in love, police investigation, femme fatale, false accusation, murder, workplace situations, police detective, couples ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Absolute Deception (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A widowed reporter recruits the help of a federal agent to investigate her late husband's secrets, but the two become the target of unknown attackers. When FBI Agent John Nelson’s key informant, Miles, is abducted and shot, all that’s left ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, special agents, uncover truth, undercover, investigation, manhunt, dishonesty, law enforcement, danger, couple relations, deadly, journalism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, australia, hong kong, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Midnight Hour (2001)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Alex Sheppard, a college student who hosts a late-night talk show on the campus radio station, finds herself in dire straits when she enrolls in the school her recently murdered sister attended in order to track down the killer. Little does Alex ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, enigmatic, sexy ...
Plot: serial killer, amateur detective, woman in danger, crimes, law enforcement, police investigation, deadly, danger, psychopath, couples, dangerous attraction, who done it ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.0
 311
Relentless 3 (1993)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Sam Dietz, the relentless police detective, returns to Los Angeles from a self-imposed exile to help the police solve another series of brutal killings committed by another crafty serial killer whom targets Dietz's latest love interest.
Style: suspenseful, rough, scary, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, serial killer, police investigation, chase, rivalry, crimes, crime, race against time, law enforcement, deadly, murder, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 5.7
 579
Escape Clause (1996)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A man finds out that his wife has paid $10,000 to have him killed. Then both the would-be killer and the wife turn up dead ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, mind bending, realistic, serious
Plot: investigation, hitman, murder, insurance, couples, police detective, crimes, danger, mystery, law enforcement, dishonesty, crime ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%